The famed company updates 30 new models across their Nashville, Memphis, and Montana lines.

Gibson Firebird Tribute 2019

Nashville, TN (September 5, 2018) -- Gibson recently announced an updated 2019 lineup including models from the Nashville factory, Memphis Custom Shop, and their Montana location. Nearly 30 revamped models are listed on their website. Check out some highlights below.

Les Paul High Performance 2019

  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper with Access Heel Neck Profile
  • Richlite Fingerboard
  • Burstbucker Pro Rhythm & Lead Pickups
  • Mahogany Body, AAA+ Figured Maple Top
  • Gibson Hard Shell Case & Gibson Accessory Kit Included
  • Made in USA

ES-355 Figured 2019

  • Figured Vintage Natural Finish
  • Rounded "C" Neck Profile
  • Dark Rosewood Fingerboard
  • MHS II Humbucker Rhythm and Lead Pickups
  • 3-ply AAA Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple Back and Top
  • Gibson Hard Shell Case & Gibson Accessory Kit Included
  • Made in USA

Firebird Tribute 2019

  • Satin Cherry Finish
  • Slim Taper Neck Profile
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Firebird Mini Humbucker, Rhythm & Lead Pickups
  • Mahogany Body
  • Gibson Gigbag & Gibson Accessory Kit Included
  • Made in USA

Hummingbird Mahoghany Avant Garde 2019

  • Light Cherry Burst Finish
  • Advanced Response Neck Profile
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Traditional Hand-Scalloped Advanced X-Bracing
  • LR Baggsâ„¢ Element Pickup
  • Mahogany Back, Sitka Spruce Top
  • Gibson Hard Shell Case & Gibson Accessory Kit Included
  • Made in USA

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